Lawrenceville declares state of emergency over coronavirus pandemic

Lawrenceville has declared a local state of emergency over coronavirus, temporarily allowing government meetings via teleconference, to-go sales of beer and wine from restaurants and other measures.

The Lawrenceville City Council unanimously approved the emergency declaration Wednesday. Other provisions in the resolution include a delay in alcohol tax payments for restaurants and the creation of drive-thru and pick-up lanes for downtown restaurants.

“I believe it is in the best interest of the City to declare a local state of emergency to provide certain emergency powers to cope with such an emergency for the protection, safety, health and welfare of the public,” said Mayor David Still in a press release. “In addition, this action will allow the City to be creative in responding to the needs of our local businesses in order to lessen the impact to their bottom line.”

Other cities that have declared states of emergency include Atlanta, Norcross and Brookhaven.